I always loved the subway system of New York City and the history behind it always fascinated me. I’ve heard lots of tales about some of the lost and abandoned subway systems in the city, and I’ve always felt it would be amazing to find and explore them.
Ryan Socash of Its History takes a challenge to look into the history of the New York City subway system and it also gives out details on the lost and abandoned stations.
Serving millions of New Yorkers every day, there is little question as to the incredible impact the New York City subway system has had on the city’s reputation as a massive hub of transportation. But this system was hundreds of years in the making and it evolved from horse trams and steam trains before moving below the ground—today on It’s History, we’ll be taking a look at how New York City’s mass transportation systems have changed over time.
It’s explained in the video: “Stations were abandoned by far one of the most notable if not tragic cases of abandoned subway stations is the decommissioned City Hall Station… The Worth …was closed in 1962 …the 91st Street subway station, which closed in 1959, was a six-track station belonging to the IND line that never opened and remained unuse.”
The video also talks about stations that only made it to the planning stage: “Thanks to the tightening of New York City’s budget, there are also many lost subway lines that were planned but never built. One of these lost lines is the Fulton street line which was planned to run west under the east river from downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan … believe it or not, there was even an underwater line planned to run from Brooklyn to Staten Island.”